On this day we commemorate the martyrdom of Saints Balaryanos and his brother Thiborinos. They were the sons of pagan parents and were natives of Rome.

Balaryanos was betrothed to the daughter of one of the nobles of Rome; her name was Kilkeya who was extremely beautiful. She was a Christian and she worshipped Christ in secret. When he married her she started gradually to tell him about Christ's life and how to believe in Him, until he believed at her hands and was baptized.

When he was filled with Grace, he taught his brother who also became a believer and was baptized. He was righteous to the extent that he became worthy to talk to the angels and they revealed to him future happenings before they took place.

When Diocletian reigned and persecuted the Christians, these two saints went around the city and carried the bodies of the martyrs, prepared them for burial and buried them. Some wicked men betrayed them to Tosius, the Emperor's usher, who summoned them and asked them about their belief. They confessed that they were Christians. He promised to reward them if they would deny Christ and offer sacrifices to idols, but they were not deceived by his promises. He threatened them with many kinds of torture, but that could not frighten them.

When he saw their patience and endurance, he ordered their heads to be cut off. The usher saw angels carrying their souls up to heaven and he immediately believed in the Lord Jesus. Because of his conversion, he was cast into prison for three days and on the fourth day, he was taken out and had his head cut off along with the head of Kilkeya, Balaryanos' wife. They all received the crown of martyrdom.



On this day also we commemorate the departure of St. Gregory, Bishop of Nyssa. He was born in Cappadocia in the year 330 A.D. He was ordained bishop by his brother, St. Basilius (Basil), in the year 372 A.D.

He was exiled during the reign of Emperor Valens, then returned in the year 378 A.D. by the order of Emperor Theodosius the Great. He wrote many Church books and departed in peace in the year 396 A.D.